For many people, myself included, working a full-time office job can be absolutely devastating to their figure. Many people claim that they gain a significant amount of weight when they start working full-time at an office job.
There are certainly many theories as to why one might gain weight at the office. I truly believe that the office environment is a catalyst for many unhealthy habits, which over time, leads us to gain weight at a rapid rate. If you’re not careful, you could certainly find yourself packing on the pounds exponentially from month to month, and year to year.
If you’ve tried over and over again to lose weight, but can never seem to make any progress, it might be because of your work environment. Below are 5 habits at work that are killing your weight loss goals!
One of the most convenient benefits to working at most office jobs is the plethora of vending machines! Vending machines are made available to us in the lobby, in the breakroom, and sometimes, just a few steps away from our desk!
The ease of access we have to vend machines makes it easy for us to not pack healthy snacks from home. Many vending machines are stocked with unhealthy snacks that are filled with outrageous amounts of sodium, sugar, fats, and calories. Sure, an occasional snack will not lead to obesity, but having an unhealthy snack twice a day, every day, for the next 2 years, will destroy your hopes of losing weight.
2.Free Donuts & Bagels
Who doesn’t love free food? When I started my first office job, I took advantage of every piece of free food I could get my hands on. I loved free food because I was broke and I felt as though it’d be rude to decline a gift.
Many of you have coworkers who bring free donuts or bagels for everyone once a month and, in some cases, once a week. This makes it extremely tempting to partake in the consumption of sugary, high caloric snacks on a regular basis. It’s definitely a friendly gesture to eat food that’s brought to you as a gift, but just be careful not to stuff your face too frequently.
3.Sugar and Cream
Along with the vending machines, free donuts, and free bagels, many companies provide their employees with free coffee. We all need coffee to survive an entire day of work, right? Although drinking normal, black coffee will do little to add to our waistline, sugar and cream can be destructive!
A little bit of sugar and cream every now and then certainly won’t destroy your weight loss goal, but if you have it every single day over the course of several years, your waistline is bound to expand. This is especially true for those of you who love adding sugar and cream to their coffee.
It can be hard to believe, but I’ve seen several of my coworkers, over the years, add tremendous amounts of sugar and cream to their coffee. It’s understandable since they come complimentary to the job, but it might be more conducive to their health if they were a bit more conscious about how much sugar and cream they add.
4. Sitting All Day
Depending on your exact work environment, this can be a difficult challenge to overcome. If you work at the stereotypical office job, there’s a good chance that you’re sitting at desk for 8 or more hours per day. Unfortunately, the sedentary work environment makes it extremely easy to store fat and pack on the pounds.
Because we’re sitting at a desk all day, we’re limiting the overall movement of our body and not giving ourselves the opportunity to burn calories, exercise our muscles, or increase our heart rate. This makes it even easier for us to store the bagels, donuts and vending machine snacks as fat.
5.Giving Up On Exercise
Last, but certainly not least, working a job can cause us to lose motivation for exercise. Depending on how many hours per week you work and the stress levels of your job, it can be extremely difficult to have the will and energy to hit the gym after a day of work.
When people push themselves throughout the entire day, the last thing many want to do is hit the gym and put their body through pain. The other option would be to exercise in the morning before work, but that also requires a significant amount of motivation. Many people are not willing to wake up earlier than they already do, to squeeze a workout in.
Due to the draining nature of many jobs, many people significantly decrease their level of physical activity or eliminate exercise entirely. As sad as it may seem, I’ve seen many colleagues lose interest in fitness after starting their full-time career. Surprisingly, this is even true for people who had very successful athletic backgrounds.
If you’re looking to seriously lose weight, keep those 5 habits listed above in mind. I’m not saying that you should completely give up buying snacks from the vending machine or enjoying free donuts that your coworkers brought in; just be mindful of how much you indulge.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a successful office job and enjoying all the perks that come with it. If you’re looking to lose weight, however, it may be a good idea to monitor the amount of casual snacking you do and get in some occasional exercise.